MRT Innovations in Social Determinants of Health Initiative

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Q1 Please provide your contact information below.


Title and Organization


Address 2



ZIP/Postal Code

Email Address

Phone Number

Maria A Baum

Director of Project Integration

St. Peter´s Health Partners

315 South Manning Blvd





Q2 Please describe your company or organizations overall goals and mission.

Our mission at St. Peter´s Health Partners is to serve as a compassionate and transforming presence within our communities, especially for the needy and underserved.

Q3 Please indicate which category your organization falls under.

Health Care Provider

Q4 Innovation Executive Summary. Please describe the innovation, and how it addresses the social determinants of health. Please identify how the innovation addresses the 6 innovation criteria (i.e. ROI, scalability, feasibility, evidence–based support for innovation, relevance to the Medicaid population and speed to market).

Rapid Access Dental Clinic eventually expanding to an Urgent Care Model at Albany Memorial Hospital. Dental visits to our Emergency Departments are one of the top 20 reasons our Medicaid and uninsured patients seek services. By expanding access to dental clinic appointments, we will encourage new and existing patients to access our services in a more appropriate manner. We would also employ self–scheduling technology that would allow patients to see open slots and schedule though their smart phone. Eventually we would seek to co–locate dental services in the Albany Memorial Emergency Department which has the highest rate of dental visits in our system.

We would also begin using and SDOH screening tool to assure patients who are in need of additional support would be linked with appropriate services. Patients who are in need of a PCP would also have this linkage made with one of our PCP providers.

The ROI would be substantial as it would reduce costly and inappropriate ED utilization and increase utilization of less costly and appropriate services. This model will start out by offering expanded clinic hours in the evening 3 days per week and based on volume expand to a fulltime Urgent Care model to be co–located in one of our Emergency Departments. The American Dental Association supports several evidenced based models for a closer relationship between Ed´s and dentists. The Medicaid population has a gap in their service connection to appropriate dental services and many dentists do not accept Medicaid leading to access issues. We have applied for funds through our DSRIP participation and anticipate getting the Rapid Access clinic operational by Fall of 2018.

Q5 Was your innovation implemented? If so, please explain when, the number of people impacted, and the results.

Yes (please specify when and the estimated number of people impacted):

Will be implemented pending receipt of funds from DSRIP.

Q6 Please identify the SDH Domain that your innovation addresses. (Select all that apply.)

Social and Community Context,

Health and Health Care,

Q7 I give the Department of Health the right to share the information submitted in this application publicly (for example: on the DOH website). I understand that there is no monetary reward/reimbursement for my submission or for attending the summit should my innovation be selected.

I consent to have my innovation shared